Houston Vegan Eats, Round 3 – Dimassi’s

On Friday night we wanted to eat out. My wife wanted Fadi’s, which is an awesome choice but it’s a little far into town to any of their locations from where we live and the wife was meeting me there with our son. I was on my way home from work so we figured somewhere on the Southwest Freeway would be best, to keep it simple.
Since Fadi’s was already out there as a preference, the new Dimassi’s on 59 between West Airport and Kirkwood was a natural choice.
They took an old, short-lived attempt at a Cajun restaurant, called Gringeaux ala Pappadeux, by nearby Gringo’s and basically refurnished it.
Like most Dimassi’s location it’s NOT about how the place looks but how the food tastes. This location happens to look like it belongs in the French Quarter of New Orleans, but inside it’s generic restaurant decor with comfortable tables and lots of seating. Another plus is the large parking lot, which you won’t find at some of the other Mediterranean restaurants in town.

The buffet was attractive and well stocked. The food was all the right temperature and the falafel were so hot I nearly burned myself retrieving the tasty nuggets.

Everything was delicious. I had falafel, baba ganoush, hummus, cucumber salad, tabbouleh, rice and lentils, rice pilaf, seasoned potatoes, and lots of pitas.

I did not like the tabbouleh but it tasted very flavorful and my wife liked it a lot so that was probably just me. I also didn’t care for some kind of potato-salad like dish that was served cold. IT was ok but not my favorite and you when you have so many dishes which vie for the title of awesome there’s no reason to eat the mediocre. The pita were a little tough and not as yummy as Fadi’s, as their’s are straight out of the brick oven, but I could also eat a bunch of them without paying $.50 for each one after the first so that mitigates the fact that the were a little tough.

The baklava…fantastic. The lady fingers were also good and my son liked the jam cookies. The semolina cakes had yogurt so naturally we avoided those.

We paid less than $35 for the three of us including drinks and desserts, of course.

We’ll definitely be going back as it was nearly as good as Fadi’s and they have slightly different stuff. If you’re near a Dimassi’s you should definitely give it a try. Oh and they plenty of meat dishes and fresh-baked pizza for the Omnis in your family/friends.

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